Commodore Headlights. How They Came to Be

Published: 14th March 2012
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The Evolution of the Holden Commodore Headlights


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Australians have preferred the Holden Commodore for well over 30 years due to its high specifications in safety and performance with each current version outshining its past version.


The first model of the Holden Commodore was the VB version, and Australians learned it was the choicest car. Commodore introduced itself into the market place by using the Opel platform for its first automobile. This beginning version was a bit smaller than the HZ Kingswood that it was replacing in the market place, and it was superbly fuel efficient due to the need of more fuel efficient cars because of the oil crisis of the 1970's.



The Commodore broke out with a fresh angular style with the VB Commodore headlights attaining a square look as opposed to the common place circular lights of the earlier HQ and HZ models. An innovative concept to the VB Holden Commodore was that it was constructed longer and more rectangular than other automobile versions.


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The move to the next model in the series, VC did not see any real obvious changes in terms of styling. In fact, the VC Commodore headlights and tail lights had not been reformed.. The sole visible change to the VC was the more fitting grille and repositioned front badge.


When Commodore broke out its VH model, there were additions in its design from its predecessors.Changes were done to the front guards, and the VH version also had brand new designed headlights and tail lights.The design conversions for the VH Commodore gave a much longer and wider look than its previous versions. The VH Commodore broke out with tail lights that were made more like the Mercedes Benz with a smooth, slatted look, changing from its earlier models.



The introduction of the VK Commodore was Holden’s first major improvement to the first series Commodore.Sales went through the roof with the VK Commodore due to a 6 window glass house, which made it seem elongated.The grille changed to a three horizontal panel style. The VK Commodore headlights remained completely the same as the VH version, along with its clear corner lamps. This version saw changes in the tail lights that were ousted for horizontal lines going across each of the lamps.


On the VL Commodore, its alterations were mainly observed by its front end of the vehicle. The VL Commodore saw changes in the headlights by having them outstandingly rounded. The tail lights did not change much, with changes mainly being based on the model. The VL Berlina introduced dark tinted tail lights, and the VL Calais tail lights converted to white stripes being across the upper half of each tail light..


The second generation Commodore brought about a faultless new version, never witnessed before of the Holden, introduced by the VN Commodore. Although the VN stuck to the Opel model, it was a widen and stretched version of it.


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The VN Commodore lights were no longer what they had been from older models. Formerly playing up the primary amber turn signals, these were soon shifted to the now more commonolder models, the amber turn signals were changed No longer did Commodore use amber turn signals, these were replaced, and clear headlight were introduced instead, and also with its turning signals.The VN Commodore's tail lights were treated to a major alteration, for it was a boxier design with a varying tint, considering which model you chose. One example of this is the VN Calais Commodore tail lights that had white stripes dashing across the centre of its tail lights. The VL Commodore tail lights also adopted this white stripes for its model.


Without a doubt, the VN Commodore was the ultimate automobile produced by Holden. With the change back to the larger car design that was abandoned for the first generation, Holden had now returned to the leader board with Australia’s most celebrated family car.



Holden was smart and stuck close to the VN Commodore's design, when it introduced the VP Commodore.The overall makeover of the car was minimal, but Holden did vastly improve on the car's engine's performance, efficiency, and chassis.



The VP Commodore's headlights experienced some cosmetic changes. The VP Commodore headlights were lengthened on the corner lamps to prepare for a longer look that also gave the VP Commodore a more an active look. Not much was altered with the VP Commodore's tail lights, for they stayed in tact and much the same as the VN Commodore. In the upgrade, the VP Commodore tail lights opted to chrome highlights on the Calais model, and the Berlina now had grey stripes.

Holden really outdid itself with the VR Commodore with upgrade after update. Roughly about 80% of the sheet metal was substituted from the VP Commodore. Of most interest were the changes to the front and rear ends with the VR Commodore headlights and tail lights were wholeheartedly redesigned.The headlights were given a simple rounder look and maintained the clear corner lamps, and the tail lights also inherited the same treatment with a rounding of the VR Commodore tail lights. The tail lights were made into two pieces and were nicely created to be added to the boot lid instead.



The VS Commodore retained related design of the VR due to it being such a success on the market. The VS Commodore did not change its headlights at all, but it did make better its tail lights to clear indicator lamps.The clear indicator lamps provided the VS Commodore with a more distinguished look than its predecessor.



The VT Commodore took the car market by storm, for Holden knew it had itself the invincible car, beating out the Ford Falcon. The VT Commodore retained its rounded headlights and also made circular its tail lights to allow for a more charming look with its wider rear end.However, there was a change to VT Commodore's tail lights, for they were fashioned into two designs with one being clear indicator lamps..



The VT Commodore was so well manufactured that the VX Commodore was updated very little. The VX Commodore's tail lights were of two separate designs, and one spotlighted a 'teardrop' design head lamps.A first for Holden was to progress to the headlamps on sportier models with a black reflector to make room for a more alive look.The VX Commodore's Berlina and Calais models had sharpened corners for their headlights and did not choose the rounder, teardrop design.

The VX Commodore tail lights came with the centre garnish, unlike the VT Commodore, and the lavish Berlina and Calais models also had the centre garnish too.Holden introduced the Monaro model and made visible changes to its tail lights for this model. The Monaro model sported a three circle lamp design that was well admired by VT and VX Commodore car owners.

The VY Commodore was a great advancement in the third series of Commodores. The outside was altogether redesigned and improved with more angular details in contrast to the rounder look of the VT and VX Commdores. The VY Commodore's headlights underwent a design adaptation by adopting an angular shape, giving it sleek design. The VY Commodore's headlines did not change much by preserving its teardrop design, but the luxury and sporty models did not maintain this attribute. With its heavier models, Holden added a new component, projector lamps to the VY Commodore's headlights.These once again gave the Commodore a more bold look but were also designed to fit in with the popular European luxury cars that were advancing in popularity in Australia. Holden opted for a triangular tail light design and abolished the centre garnish from its tail light designs from all its versions.As Holden had done in the past, models had varying tail light designs, but the variations were minimal.



The VZ Commodore was the last of the third generation of Commodores, but it was very much the same as the VY Commodore, but its front end was cosmetically revamped, and the teardrop shaped headlights were no longer put on.The luxurious models did not abandon projector lamps. The tail lights were also updated with the Calais particularly receiving a darker tint on the bottom half of the tail light.



In 1997, Holden produced the VE Commodore.The VE Commodore was a costly project, for its expenditure cost Holden $1 billion to make. The VE Commodore was completely made in Australia, which a novel approach as opposed to other models. The VE Commodore was the sleekest of its previous versions, for it had a wider build, flared guards, and the front axle was right-sided oriented, making for a 50/50 weight distribution.



Like the VZ Commodore, the VE Commodore's headlights were angular but were substantial size in comparison to the VZ Commodore's. Once again, sporty models received a black reflector and projector lamp. The VE Commodore tail lights underwent obvious changes with its luxury models by taking on an European like tail lights; and sportier models, like the SSV, maintained the black reflector tail lights and centre lamp, but enclosed by chrome.These cosmetic changes were admired by VE Commodore car owners.



Holden changed its tune with its HSV models of the VE Commodore by using diverse rear end sheet metal and tail light design.This was again perhaps a approach of HSV in particular moving to a more European design.


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